ABOUT THIS EPISODE: We are BACK with Season THREE of the podcast! This season Heather invited 12 AMAZING guests, and we are excited to kick it off with Gwendolyn DeRosa. Gwen shares “all means all,” how to include our LGBTQ+ youth, even if you do not come from an affirming point of view.
ABOUT GWEN: Gwendolyn DeRosa (she/her/hers) loves teaching, storytelling, and being creative. Gwen graduated with a degree in Creative Writing and a minor in Youth Ministry from Oral Roberts University. After returning to Ohio in 2010, Gwen earned her Masters in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from Ohio Dominican University. Gwen, and her wife, Felicia, have been members of King Ave UMC since February 2015. Gwen and Felicia have a snack-loving sugar glider named Madeleine.
In her staff role at King Avenue United Methodist Church, Gwen is responsible for planning and organizing children’s classes during worship services, Sunday School classes for age 4 through high school, Confirmation, and supporting activities, events, and retreats for children and youth. She also writes and presents the Children’s Message every Sunday. You can find her stories on King Avenue’s YouTube Channel.
Gwen’s Resource List: Faith, Gender, and Sexuality Resources
- “Unfair: Christians and the LGBT Question” by John Shore
- “Torn” by Justin Lee
- “Pure” by Linda Kay Klein
- “Beyond Shame” by Matthias Roberts
- “Shameless” by Nadia Bolz-Weber
- Queerlogy Podcast
- Q Christian Fellowship
- Freed Hearts
- Kathy Baldock
- Kevin Garcia Videos
- Austen Hartke Videos